Meredith Petty creates the perfect Brookhaven home for entertaining, both indoors and out.
In the kitchen, the designer carried the countertop slabs from Walker Zanger up the wall to create a lovely backsplash.
The dining room features a chandelier by Visual Comfort, a Restoration Hardware dining table, France & Son head dining chairs, Four Hands dining chairs and buffet, an area rug by Jaipur Living and artwork by Lindsey J. Porter.
Homeowners Jillian and Evan moved to Brookhaven shortly after tying the knot, falling in love with the neighborhood’s strong sense of community and charm. So, when the lovely bungalow down the street from their current home went up for sale, the couple jumped at the opportunity to own it. The home, of course, needed a complete reno, and the couple turned to none other than Meredith Petty of Meredith Petty Interiors to get the job done, and right. The young parents have two sweet girls and two energetic pups and knew they wanted a hosting and entertaining home for the family to grow up in.
The living room features a standout art piece by local artist Annie King. Here, the couple’s German shorthaired pointer poses comfortably on the sectional from CB2, near the coffee table by Restoration Hardware.
Entertaining was top of mind when Petty was tasked with the project. “The couple loves to travel, but also wants to be the ‘hosting home’ where family and friends gather,” says Petty. “So, we aimed to create spaces with comfortability and style, spaces that want to be lived in.” The couple aided in this mission by requesting things like an open-layout kitchen and a substantial dining room and breakfast nook. Topping out their requests for the reno included a dedicated office space for Evan, a covered patio open to the backyard and a primary suite that felt luxurious.
This project required the entire first floor be renovated and an addition added to the back of the home, complete with a covered patio. Petty and her team were responsible for sourcing new lighting throughout, new flooring and new windows, and practically starting from the ground up—which was both a challenge and a blessing. “The most challenging aspect was the timeline and having to do a lot of design build,” says Petty. “We started this project fall of 2020, when we were learning to live with COVID but not fully understanding the effects it had on the design industry (or any industry, for that matter). We had to rework many small and big details multiple times because there simply wasn’t enough material to make them! Or our lead time was too long and we couldn’t wait.” Petty and her team overcame this by excellent teamwork and open communication from all involved: the designer, the contractor and the homeowners. Says Petty, “This is my most proud professional accomplishments yet.”
The office’s standout is undoubtedly the A.H.A. Custom Woodworking library shelving and ladder.
Petty and the homeowners decided to stay true to the general flow of the house but completely reworked the kitchen, adding a butler’s pantry (hello, hostess with the mostest) and changed the formal dining room into an office for Evan. Among other impressive design changes, the outside area was also completely transformed. Now, the new covered patio sitting on a freshly landscaped backyard is Petty’s favorite spot in the house. “We added a fireplace, vaulted ceilings with cedar columns, blue slate flooring and new furniture that look out over the yard,” says Petty. “It really is an ideal outdoor space.” The outdoors are further brought into focus in the second level’s primary suite, which started as an odd shape. “We built onto the [primary] from the addition below and created what I like to call an ‘oasis in the trees,’” says Petty. All three sides of the room are windows, with the bed in the middle facing out toward the foliage. When it came to standout furnishings and materials, Petty noted there were so many to choose from, but the counters really stood out for her. “We chose beautiful slabs from Walker Zanger and didn’t just place the counters; instead, in the kitchen, we carried it up the wall in an elegant curve to meet the zinc metal hood,” says Petty. “We did something similar in the bathrooms, creating an element of interest rather than just a countertop.” Th e cabinetry and built-ins were also a standout, all custom by A.H.A Custom Woodworking. Finally, Petty worked very closely with the homeowners in sourcing furnishings and artwork. “We looked at local artists and found some beautiful, timeless pieces of furniture that stood out, like the Made Goods writing desk in burled wood,” says Petty.
The foyer of the home sets the tone with natural materials and bright whites.
“The homeowners and their total trust in the team they hired is what made this project so fun and successful,” says Perry. “They challenged us on some design decisions, so we would charrette and problem-solve together to come up with the best design.” The final product was something for both parties to be proud of, encompassing all the passions of the homeowners—travel, entertaining and the outdoors—in one highly detailed and luxe home boasting traditional meets SoCal aesthetics.
Meredith Petty Interiors
Kitchen and bathroom countertops and shower title
Plumbing fixtures throughout
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